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The new Apple TV 4K has a USB-C remote and a lower starting price

The new Apple TV 4K has a USB-C remote and a lower starting price

Apple has announced a new Apple TV 4K, which includes its A15 Bionic chip, HDR10 Plus support, USB-C powered remote, and a low starting price of $129. The streaming box now also gets a storage bump compared to its 2021 predecessor, with the entry-level model including 64GB and the $149 step-up model including 128GB.

The new price point certainly puts Apple's box, which used to start at $179, in line with competitors from Roku and Amazon (though it's certainly still a premium option).

Unlike the previous generation, the base model is missing some features compared to the slightly more expensive one. The $129 model is Wi-Fi 6 only, while the $149 model has an Ethernet port and includes a thread radio for better smart home control (including products that use the Mater standard).

In addition to the previous Apple TV 4K supporting Dolby Vision HDR standard, Apple supports Samsung and Amazon's HDR10 Plus standard on both models. This will give you the full HDR experience for most of the content you're watching, whereas previously, some masters weren't supported.

If you have a 2021 Apple TV 4K, it probably isn't worth the upgrade, but now it's an attractive competitor

Also, perhaps one of the most exciting upgrades is that the remote, which has the same controls and general design as the previous model, now charges via USB-C instead of a light – yet a shrinking number of devices Apple use. does. Another disadvantage to the pool is the proprietary connector.

Finally, there's the chip upgrade; Apple doesn't specify whether this is the model of the A15 found in the iPhone 13 or the iPhone 14, with the latter having an additional GPU core, but really, that's not a huge concern. When we reviewed the 2021 Apple TV, it was found that the A12 chip was used in it. It's no fluke to be sure, but Apple pushed it as a gaming device to go with the Apple Arcade service, noting that it didn't have the latest and greatest. The new box arguably isn't either, but it's certainly a more modern chip.

You can pre-order the new Apple TV today, and Apple says it will be available on November 4.

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